9 days in Peru Itinerary

9 days in Peru Itinerary

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9 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Arequipa
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3​h
3
Ollantaytambo
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Cusco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Toronto

2
nights
Lima

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima, then wander the streets of Centro Historico de Lima, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Site Museum and Archaeological Sanctuary of Pachacamac and then take a stroll through San Isidro.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Lima holiday planner .

Toronto, Canada to Lima is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Toronto in July: highs in Lima hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
San Isidro ©
San Isidro

1
night
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Yanahuara, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Arequipa travel route planner .

Fly from Lima to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Arequipa, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

1
night
Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): trek along Perolniyoq Waterfall, then delve into the distant past at Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, and then get to know the fascinating history of Qosqo Ayllu.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Ollantaytambo online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Arequipa to Ollantaytambo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ollantaytambo, with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Trails Wildlife Parks
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Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries ©
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries
Perolniyoq Waterfall ©
Perolniyoq Waterfall
Qosqo Ayllu ©
Qosqo Ayllu

1
night
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 13th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and finally explore the ancient world of Intipuncu.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu driving holiday website .

You can take a train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
nights
Cusco

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, then explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, then identify plant and animal life at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and finally explore the ancient world of Tipon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback, then explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Historico Regional, and finally see exploor.

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Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
exploor ©
exploor
Tipon ©
Tipon

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